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Searching for the Finmen

Post by Richard Barrett » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:54 pm

I am loving this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Finme ... 629&sr=8-1 and have great respect for Norman for having the courage to self publish it.

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Chris Bolton » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:21 am

Looks very interesting - but the link says it's not published yet? Have you managed to get a pre-publication copy?

I wonder if Norman will publish it electronically as well?

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Richard Barrett » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:48 am

Just do a search on Amazon - that's where I got it from

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Post by Baldy-Old-Troll » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:58 am

Amazon is currently saying that the book hasn't been released yet, but it's on the shelf in Waterstones.


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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Norman Rogers » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:23 pm

It's very heartening to see a positive response to the book from someone I don't know. Thanks for that!
The book has been published and is available at most online bookshops and a few independent booksellers, including Waterstones in Scotland.
I told the publisher not to supply Amazon on the grounds that they don't pay tax in the UK by virtue of some sort of offshore skulduggery, even though 25% of all book sales in the UK now go through Amazon. That makes me feel a little sick!
They managed to get hold of a few copies before the prohibition kicked in, and now they try to put potential buyers off by posting that it has not been published yet.

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Post by chillipepper » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:38 pm

cheers for the tip, going to get myself a copy

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Baldy-Old-Troll » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:47 pm

Thanks for the response Norman ,I'll pickup my copy from Waterstones next time I'm in Braehead, I normally buy from Amazon due to price, but I respect your point.

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Post by lg18 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:46 pm

Wow, thanks for alerting us to this book!
I have seen the kayak in question, and have researched (online) as much as I can about this bloke in his kayak that landed nr Aberdeen, and also scanned the literature for records of the "Finn men" that occasionally turned up in Orkney and also Shetland and W Ireland. (Aparently the locals would sometimes row out to try to communicate with them, but the Finnmen sped off at a speed thought impossible!). Also records off Norway, possibly of "escapees" from whalers that "stole" them and then released them before returning home (as it was illegal) (or the Inuit escaped...?). This is an absolutely fascinating subject and can't wait to get the book - thanks to Norman for writing it! (I'm not going to wait for Xmas!).

Thanks so much for posting!

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Norman Rogers » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:14 pm

Thanks for the positive response everyone. Much appreciated!
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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by lg18 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:16 pm

In case anyone is interested, I've just come across this fascinating website, which has various pages on the "Finmen" (i.e. sealskin clad men in kayaks) including descriptions of sightings in Orkney, and how Finmen, selkies and mermaids may merge into one and the same thing.
http://www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/selki ... rigin5.htm

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Post by Mark R » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:39 pm

I have ordered a copy...hoping it will give me a good Historical account of these strange visitations. I did once read a book which tackled the topic from a distinctly 'Fortean Times' perspective...not really my thing.
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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by mazzazza » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:39 pm

There is a very interesting podcast on the subject at http://www.seakayakpodcasts.com/Main.html

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by lg18 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:49 pm

The Finnmen journey is currently being replicated (sort of) by Olly Hicks and George Bullard ("Wake of the Finmen"), from Greenland to Scotland.
They started out from Greenland on 1st July 2016 and are currently about to hit Iceland...

https://www.gramwire.com/greenlandtoscotland

http://www.ollyhicks.com/greenland-to-s ... challenge/

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by dhkayaking » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:12 pm

Norman,

I have heard great things about your book Unfortunately I haven't managed to get a copy yet but a quick google search and I am sure you will be glad to see its fetching nearly $800 on some site! :)
I might look for a cheaper copy.
http://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9 ... _sr=impact

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by uxb » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:10 pm

It's a very good book. Entertaining and educational.

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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am

Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen
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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Northern Blue » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:01 pm

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am
Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen
Thoroughly enjoyable film.... Thanks !

I hadn't heard the story of 'The Finmen' prior to this thread being resurrected, so I'm looking forward to having a read of Norman Rogers' book.

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by Robert Craig » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:15 am

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am
Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen

Really good film thanks, though only passing references to Inuit paddling. The book needs to be read as well.

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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by charleston14 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:32 pm

Theres a few copies at not totally bonkers prices on amazon at the moment.
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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by charleston14 » Thu May 03, 2018 6:56 pm

Thought I’d sell my copy, it’s signed by the author read twice condition . And cheaper than on Amazon

£15 posted to UK mainland, more for elsewhere etc

Pm me if you want it.

Will do straight swap for Doug coopers book rough water handling
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Re: Searching for the Finmen

Post by seanyshortlegs » Fri May 04, 2018 11:32 am

You have pm

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